Tuesday, April 30, 2013

45 days -- enjoying life

At some point I will stop counting the days.  But it's now been 45 days of no pain and feeling good and getting out and enjoying life.

Marshall's daughter was here this past weekend and they went to Cripple Creek for the day on Saturday.  Tanya had never been to a casino so they had a fun time.

Saying goodbye at airport
And some fun news -- A friend of ours is a photographer and has asked Marshall if he could photograph Marshall with his trike for a possible publication in the Harley Davidson magazine "HOG."  He believes the unique paint job on the trike, as well as Marshall's story, will make for a good article.  So last week they met at dawn (yawn) for the first session.  They hope to finish it up this week.
Photo Shoot #1

Photo Shoot #2

Monday, April 22, 2013

Another good report

Our visit to the Cancer Center today went well -- the lab work was all good, no problems.  Another very good day.

Marshall got his quarterly Lupron shot today and he will have a few days of pain at the injection site (sitting will be a little touchy!) but he's used to it.  :)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

36 days -- and Paypal

Today marks 36 pain-free days.  Tomorrow is another 2-week checkup.  Things are going really well.

And after filing a claim through Paypal for the money I lost at The Scooter Store, today I heard from Paypal -- they have deposited $250 back into my account.  Just wanted to report that Paypal honored the promise on its website that they will make good if something goes wrong when buying from a Verified Seller.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

35 days -- and a spa treatment

It is now 35 days of good days and no pain.  I don't know when I'll stop counting.

Yesterday Marshall sent me and a friend to the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs for a full day of spa treatments.  We had SUCH a good time.  When we arrived we were given warmed robes and warmed slippers and that is what we spent the day wearing. 

For the massage and the facial we were in heated beds with heated blankets and soft music.  For the pedicure we were in heated massage loungers with heated blankets over us. 

Lounges overlooking the mountains with cucumber water and berries served all day long, steam room, sauna, aromatherapy room, 50-minute massage, 50-minute facial, pedicure, lunch, it was wonderful.  I haven't felt so relaxed in a very long time. We left there totally limp.  :)

That was very very nice of Marshall!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

32 days of no pain

Nothing much to report -- except things are still going very well!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

28 days of no pain

Things are going so normally that I forget all about this blog. That's a good thing.

Marshall continues to feel good and he's been out every day enjoying life.
The only side effects he has been having are hot flashes (which he's been having all along), fatigue (which isn't nearly as bad as it was), and restless leg.

The oncologist's office called a day or two ago to tell him to start taking Vitamin B6 -- his levels are very low. So we went and got a bottle of it. (It's possible that a Vitamin B6 deficiency can cause restless leg, so maybe we will get rid of that problem in the coming days.) Also, until his calcium levels come back up he will not be getting his bone strengthening injection.

He is starting to look into various bike shows this summer so he can sign up and start getting that Harley entered into some of them.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

2nd Monitoring visit

Marshall went to the University today for his second followup "monitoring" visit since starting the Zytiga.  (I had to stay home because his cancer medications were arriving today and I had to be here to sign for them.)

All of the lab work came back good and he has not been suffering any side effects to speak of.  Still no pain.  Such good news.

But the best news of all is that today's tests showed that his PSA has come down from 31.06 to 10.23.  The oncologist always tells us that the key thing to go by is how Marshall feels and as long as Marshall feels good we should not get too wrapped up with tracking the PSA, and also that the PSA can bounce around a little on this drug.  But still, coming down to 10.23 is something to rejoice about!

Friday, April 5, 2013

20 days of no pain

Today was the 20th pain free day for Marshall. The weather was gorgeous and he got his trike out and was out all day riding. When he got home he was a little tired, but still had energy.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

16 days of no pain

Another day of no pain and good energy, as well as upbeat mood. Getting out and doing things. Puttering around the house. Getting caught up on things he hasn't been able to do in months.

Is this getting monotonous? Never!!

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